After the late night/early morning colorful discussion, I realize that there are a lot of misconceptions about swinging. I noticed some stereotypical views and thoughts, which is probably due to the media, and I wanted to clear some things up about what swinging parties are, what they consist of, and the type of people that might frequent at one.

A little background: I went to my first swinger party at age 25. I was dating a guy who was very sexually open and during our time together, I became sexually enlightened. Because of this, he thought I'd be down for a swinger party. I was not. Or rather I was 70-30; a part of me was slightly intrigued and wanted to check it out. The other, bigger part was "FUCK NO." I was skeptical (that it would be fun) and apprehensive. And yet, I kind of, sort of, wanted to check it out.

It took a few months but I finally broke down and went. And I loved it! I'm a very visual person and the house was set up like Alice in Wonderland and with different colored rooms (all this was great.) And (surprisingly) the swingers were super friendly. We were all there for one purpose, so there wasn't any bullshitting, and conversations came easily.

All swinger houses are not created equally but they generally follow the same rules:

Hygienic: I have not yet been to a party that wasn't absolutely immaculate. In the closed rooms (these would be rooms for couples who want privacy) there are stacks of fresh linen next to a huge laundry hamper so when you're finished, you just take the sheets off the bed and throw them in the hamper. There's bathrooms that are adjacent to these rooms if the need to take a shower arises, all with fresh towels.
For the loft areas, there's attendants that come around and change the sheets after sessions and clean the area. Fresh and clean.

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Food and Drinks: It's usually BYOB unless you go to the super high-end parties. As far as food goes, it really depends. I've been to parties that didn't have any snacks but they were usually at the smaller homes. At the mansion-esqe and mansions, there's a enough food to feed the entire city of San Diego for a month.
You cannot come into the kitchen naked! That's a rule that is set in stone, party-to-party. Most of the time, there's a server who serves us food. We just point at what we want (this is also how my boyfriend and I choose potential partners.)
There are bartenders throughout the house at these parties. You give them your alcohol and your name, they give you a paper with a number on it, and whenever you want a drink, show them your number and they grab your booze.

Rooms: Like I mentioned before, there are different rooms as well as different parts of the house that are sectioned off for the freak in you. If you want some privacy with your partner, you can go to one of closed rooms and lock it. Or if you, your partner and the couple you picked up just want to keep it between the four of you, same deal. Some of the nicer parties have a better ambiance in the rooms, such as music, scents or, my absolute favorite, curtains.
Into voyeurism? There are lofts and open rooms. Since these are without barriers and doors, this is where people tend congregate. To be perfectly honest, it can be a little unjarring at first because I thought some of them were just going to get naked and join us. But everyone has been instructed to ask, ask, ask, ask, ask. If fact, there's moderators/security roaming around to make sure everything is ok and if they hear "no" more than once, they step in.
Also depending on the size of the house, there might be a handful of darkened rooms with two-way mirrors, with a bunch of odd furniture and beds. This is for someone like me, who doesn't mind if people watch but doesn't want to look up and see them standing two feet away. Or some rooms might have sex toys and/or a sex swing (sidenote: sex swings are much harder to get into than they look.)

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Some houses have closed off sections for couples, which I don't mind because sometimes the group sex thing gets very uninhibited. Oh, and just about every room has a television playing porn on a continous loop.

Safety: You will never see so many condoms and lube in one place in your life. There are big punch bowls full of condoms, all sizes, colors and textures. Usually people BYOC, but the host always provides condoms in case it's an ambitious night.
And there is security/moderators. There are signs everywhere warning people to respect each other's boundaries and if they see this being broken, they'll be escorted out.

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Price: I'm going to be an absolute snob and say that the more money you spend, the better the experience you'll probably have.The parties where it's been $30 a couple compared to the $70 is apples and oranges. Not that the cheaper was horrific or anything. The pricier ones were just a better overall experience.

Dress Code: I can't really be bothered with these but sometimes the party has a dress code or theme. I've been to an all-one-color party, Halloween, Island-theme and I've been to one were the guys had to be naked and the woman could be either naked or in lingerie. Majority of the parties have no dress code but obviously people dress a little more provocatively.

Go with a trusted partner. Whether that's your husband/wife, girlfriend/boyfriend, best friend or FWB, go with them.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE SEX AT THESE PARTIES. IT'S NOT MANDATORY. Some people just like to watch and there's no rules against that.
And I just want to say (because this pissed me off last night) that swingers at these parties are not always partygirl/partyboy stereotypes. It's all walks of life, all ages, all colors. Attraction is subjective; there are people you'll find attractive and those that you won't.

If you have any questions or if any swingers want to jump in, feel free!